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Whitaker Elementary placed on secure protocol Wednesday morning

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- An El Paso Independent School District elementary school was placed on a "secure protocol" Wednesday afternoon.

This happened at J.M. Whitaker Elementary School, located at 4700 Rutherford Drive, in Northeast El Paso.

An EPISD spokesperson tells ABC-7 that the secure protocol lasted about 10 minutes and that the school was never placed on a lockdown. The secure protocol is now over and classes are running normally.

Numerous parents and residents have called the ABC-7 newsroom voicing their concerns over the events at Whitaker Elementary Wednesday morning.

The district sent the following statement:

"El Paso ISD expresses gratitude to local law enforcement partners who worked with the district's Police Services to quickly ascertain that a threat made against Whitaker Elementary School on Wednesday morning was non-credible. The threat initially prompted a brief Secure protocol to be enacted at the campus. Whitaker is safe and there is no danger to students or staff at this time. Nonetheless, our district police officers will remain at the school throughout the day."

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